Lorwyn–Shadowmoor block

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Whilst not a block in and of itself, Lorwyn–Shadowmoor block is a combination of the Lorwyn and Shadowmoor (mini-)blocks.[1][2] The block was released over 2007–2008.[3][4]

Connection[edit | edit source]

Although these mini-blocks are distinct in terms of game mechanics, they are linked in their flavor (being set on alternate versions of the same plane) and are treated as a single block for the purpose of rotation. With the release of Shadowmoor, Lorwyn–Shadowmoor block also replaced Lorwyn block for the Block Constructed format.

Sets[edit | edit source]

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Lorwyn block[edit | edit source]

The Lorwyn block is the thirteenth block; unlike all previous blocks, it consist of only two sets: the large expansion, Lorwyn () and the small expansion, Morningtide (). The block came out in 2007-2008.

Keywords introduced in this block: Champion, Changeling, Clash, Evoke, Hideaway, Kinship, Prowl, and Reinforce.

Planeswalker, a new card type, debuted in this block. Tribal, another new card type, debuted in the previous block but was fleshed out in Lorwyn.

The race/class system is a major theme of this block.[5] Each creature in the block belonged to one of the following nine creature types: Elemental, Elf, Faerie, Giant, Goblin, Kithkin, Merfolk, Shapeshifter, and Treefolk.

Mega cycles[edit | edit source]

Three mega cycles exist across the block's two sets:

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Shadowmoor block[edit | edit source]

The Shadowmoor block is the fourteenth block; as a mini-block it consist of only two sets: one large expansion, Shadowmoor (), and one small expansion, Eventide (). The block came out during the first half of 2008.

Ability word introduced: Chroma

Keywords introduced in this block: Conspire, Persist, Retrace, Wither.

Mechanics introduced in this block: The untap symbol ({Q}).

A major theme of the Shadowmoor block was color. Hybrid mana, introduced in the Ravnica block, was brought back in Shadowmoor and given a more thorough treatment. -1/-1 counters were among the block's minor themes.

Mega cycles[edit | edit source]

Seven mega cycles exist between the two sets, each made up of ten cards, one for each color pair.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (July 16, 2007). "Two Plus Two". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (March 31, 2008). "Shadowmoor than Meets The Eye, Part I". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Doug Beyer (April 02, 2008). "The Shadowy Pendulum". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (June 17, 2013). "Modern Tales, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (May 9, 2016). "Because Salt Makes Mistakes Taste Great". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.